Telenovela: Season 1 Reviews

January 7, 2016
Although Telenovela takes its name from an exuberantly dramatic genre of soap opera, its plots are mundane.
January 6, 2016
Telenovela manages to mine a few culturally specific tropes for some genuinely universal laughs.
December 31, 2015
Telenovela may not have depth, but watching Longoria mug for the camera ain't a bad way to spend half an hour.
December 9, 2015
While Telenovela employs a lot of Latin actors, it doesn't give them enough good lines to make the latest entry in the Too Much Television universe worth your time.
December 9, 2015
A comedy that strains for fizzy yet comes off as frantic, like so many other network comedies this show wastes great actors -- in particular the divine Eva Longoria -- on bad writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2015
Silly and eccentric but not quite graceful enough to be considered irreverent, producer/star Eva Longoria's eager commitment to the premise still allows Telenovela to crackle with great jokes and solid physical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
December 7, 2015
Fun, light, colorful and original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 7, 2015
Longoria and most of the cast are charming; if you're looking for well-performed, lightweight entertainment, here it is.
December 7, 2015
It would be worth the effort, because there's clearly potential in this pleasant but not-yet-impressive showbiz comedy - as you should expect from a series starring Eva Longoria, at her best here as soap diva Ana Sofia Calderon.
December 7, 2015
The show is paced well, with a likeable cast and plenty of avenues for humor that haven't been mined a million times before.
December 7, 2015
Telenovela is legitimately laugh-out-loud funny.
December 7, 2015
The show also wears well, with Longoria vigorously in the forefront and a solid supporting cast led by scene-stealers Diana Maria Riva and Alex Meneses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 7, 2015
Telenovela can be fun, if only the show knew the difference between silly and dumb.
December 7, 2015
Telenovela, starring Eva Longoria as a Miami-based soap star, is a happy one: appealing, sweet, witty, traditional in its bones, modern in its complexion.
December 7, 2015
Watching everyone on Telenovela emote every last plot point directly at the camera starts to wear after a while. The effect is rather like being bludgeoned with their sheer desire to be liked.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 4, 2015
Telenovela is an Americanized version of a telenovela, and that may be why it doesn't reach its full potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 3, 2015
Writers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, from "Cougar Town" and "My Name Is Earl," find a way to create an ensemble of characters around Longoria who are broad caricatures and yet recognizably human.
December 3, 2015
The episodes previewed have a breezy, unpretentious quality, and Longoria offers a reminder that she's a pretty gifted comedienne, as evidenced by some of the show's physical bits.
December 2, 2015
The show clearly wants to be like the movie Soapdish, but Telenovela can't quite pull it off. A second episode is considerably less funny than the pilot, a danger sign.